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March 5, 2021
The District is gearing up for the third year of the State’s Native Voices Arts Academy.  This will be the final phase of the three-year pilot to infuse the arts into core instruction in response to the academic and other needs of middle school Native migratory students.  The results of our pilot will be analyzed to determine the next steps in providing opportunities to meet the identified needs of students and families and supports to educators.  Educator mentorship is part of this pilot component as well.  Working alongside a teaching artist, the educator learns to strengthen his or her partnership with parents, students, and the tribal community.   This virtual event will take place the week of April 26, 2021.
Harrah administrators Mr. McCracken and Mrs. Widener, as well as Mrs. Jarnecke, have been working diligently to prepare for one of the highlights of Mt. Adams’ history.  Harrah has been asked by OSPI and the State Board of Education to present their success as a RAD school.  They will present to a state-wide audience and later to the State Board of Education to demonstrate and talk about their exemplary work in School Improvement.  Mt. Adams is The Leader in the State of Washington and is a first for Mt. Adams.  We should be very proud of the work that the teachers and administrators at Harrah have been able to accomplish, especially during this COVID pandemic.  
Speaking of Celebrations...  This week Mt. Adams School District, with input from the entire district, nominated Mr. Dennis Shields as the 2021 Classified Employee of the year and Mrs. Marcy Sanchez as the 2021 Mt. Adams School District Teacher of the Year.  Both of these individuals have also been nominated by the District to compete for State Employee of the year in his or her respective category.  Our District has some amazing educators, and these two stand tall above the line.  Our students and community are blessed to have such top-notch educators and employees.  
Athletic competition is off to a smooth start at White Swan.  Mrs. Smith reports that the WS Cougars have had their first home volleyball match, football game, and cross-country meet.  A huge thank you is expressed to Marcy Sanchez for all of her organization and for ensuring the safety and care of students and community. 

The White Swan Cougar Spirit class under direction of Marcy Sanchez planned a Senior Pick Me Up event on Wednesday from 2:30-3:00.   Seniors who were able to attend, arrived, masked, on campus and received chotskies and gear, cheering them on to the finish line – everyone in attendance received White Swan tee-shirts and goodies donated by staff.
Our Fall Sports (in spring) Eligibility List is strong for this week of March 1-6
Mrs. Sanchez writes, “Teachers - I am giving students far more leeway for getting cleared this Trimester.  If a student improves their grade(s) to a 60% or higher ANYTIME throughout the week they will be cleared for that class.  Please send me an email update if this applies to one of your students throughout the week.”   Mrs. Sanchez and her team have implemented Study Tables in the MS Gym on Monday and Wednesday, 3:00-3:45 pm.  Students MUST check in at the HS office and should be in their chair at 3:00pm.  IF they are late, they may not get a seat, which have limited capacity based on social distancing regulations.  
Here are the numbers by sport:
 - Cheer – 6 out of 6 eligible
 - Cross Country – 6 out of 6 eligible with two improved this week
 - Volleyball - 11 out of 17 eligible with two improved this week
 - Football – 16 out of 19 eligible with zero improved this week

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